HARMAN in Your Car - Develops New Car-Centric Android Based Apps
HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group, is demonstrating its scalable platform solution, leveraging the Android for Automotive operating system that meets the needs of today's smartphone-oriented generation by safely bringing car-centric apps and services into the car.
"The automotive industry can no longer innovate at its current pace, and Harman is helping OEMs create more flexible, scalable solutions that deliver leading connected solutions for tomorrow, today," said Dinesh Paliwal, HARMAN's Chair-man, President, and Chief Executive Officer. "This starts by creating an automotive-grade, intuitive user interface in the car that also delivers the connected experience consumers are accustomed to on their mobile devices."
The Harman app-centric infotainment concept platform shepherds a new era for in-car experiences that more effectively connects drivers to their digital worlds - the home, the office, friends and the cloud - in ways that are easy, fun, personal-ized and intuitive.
Key features in the new infotainment system include:
Car-Centric Applications and Services
HARMAN's new infotainment system is designed for safe use in the car with one-touch access to the features drivers value and expect in today's system - media, navigation, telephony, applications, and other settings. By placing these tabs at the bottom of every screen, drivers can easily and quickly find what they need while staying alert and keeping their attention focused on the road.
HARMAN is further minimizing distractions on the road by integrating sensitive icons in its new infotainment system that "grow" in size as a driver's finger approaches the system touch screen. This ensures that the touch targets are big enough for users to find quickly the first time.
A new Harman curated applications store makes it easy and safe for drivers to enjoy the latest applications in the car. Using the new platform, consumers can discover and download versions of applications from streaming radio, audio book services, or the latest social media feeds that are developed or adapted specifically for the automotive environment. Be-cause of the flexible design, the infotainment system is "future-proof," meaning it can add or remove apps easily as new applications are invented or made available.
Using the new infotainment system, consumers have added flexibility to bring their content into the car with them. HAR-MAN makes it easy for drivers to access content on their iPods, smartphones and iPads by providing wired and wireless interfaces that are optimized for the driving environment. This includes media and applications that are running on con-sumer mobile devices, as well as those connecting via cloud-based services like Siri and Google Voice Search.
Intuitive and Customizable Interfaces
To make the infotainment experience their own, drivers can select which applications correspond with specific tabs. For example, some drivers may prefer having the on-board navigation application launch when they press the Navigation but-ton. Others may want Google Maps to launch when they press the Navigation button. Harman has also provided drivers a central place to access all of the features that they interact with the most. These applications and services can be saved in a Favorites tab using one-touch access.
HARMAN's new infotainment system also delivers other key pieces of information that are useful to drivers. Harman is collaborating with companies such as iOnRoad to help drivers increase visibility and awareness of their driving envi-ronment. Warnings to alert drivers as they approach another car or if they unintentionally change lanes help keep everyone on the road safe. Harman is working with other solutions providers to continue evolving 360 degree views of the vehi-cle to assist with parking, provide rear camera views and warnings, and other applications.
In the future, the Harman system will be able to "learn" what the driver interacts with the most, and automatically add these choices to the Favorites screen - minimizing the need for the driver to do this manually. In addition, future systems will have the ability to store multiple profiles, so that each driver can enjoy a personalized infotainment experience adapted to their preferences. This includes unique Favorites screens, as well as personalized music preferences, calendars and seat positions.
Security is Paramount
To protect the vehicle bus and other critical features, Harman has created a virtualized platform where the core and car-centric applications and services run on the proven QNX operating system, and the User Interface and downloaded applica-tions run in the Android for Automotive environment. By taking this approach, HARMAN's platform uses the best of both worlds - the proven performance and stability of QNX and the flexibility and extensibility of Android for Automotive.